Within a team setting at Walt Disney’s World, the incumbent will help investigate the impact of using different diets/ingredients on the health and performance of the animal population. Incumbent will apply statistical models to help conduct studies /evaluations in order to determine their acceptability and impact on the health of animal species.
Duties will involve assessment of diets for terrestrial and aquatic captive wild species. Incumbent will meet with animal care staff, veterinarians, and nutritionists to discuss animal performance and health in order to evaluate the adequacy of the amount and nutrient content of the diets. In collaboration with the team, dietary changes and amounts fed will be made when necessary.
The successful candidate will help disseminate results of research projects through appropriate journals, articles, and scientific presentations. Attendance to selected animal nutrition-related conferences will be encouraged. The position involves using various nutrition laboratory techniques and equipment including near infrared spectrophotometry, bomb calorimetry, respirometry equipment, etc. to assess quality of diets and help with obtaining research results.
Work with Operation Manager (Nutritionist) and Animal Programs staff to help develop guest experiences that educate the public about animal nutrition and its role within conservation programs. Incumbent will answer questions of guests about animal health, performance, conservation, management, etc. The incumbent will be shadowing in the food preparation area and learn the daily management of a modern Zoo Animal Nutrition Center (ANC). He /She will also work with Nutritionist, Assistant Nutritionist, ANC managers, and other staff in diet updates and diet assessments.
For more information or to apply, please visit the University of Florida Careers page
We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2016 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in animal nutrition, please pass this information on to them. Applications will be accepted through October 2nd.
This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs. It is a six month paid internship working as part of our Animal Nutrition Center team. Our interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm). 75% of the internship (3 days per week) is spent working in our animal food production operation. The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with our nutrition team, helping with data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!) and may include helping with on-going research projects. Internships run from June to January and January to June. Students must possess unrestricted work authorization. For more information on the internship or how to apply,
Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits that are entirely cageless. We are proud to be an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being- to ensure the highest level of animal care and welfare; Conservation and Stewardship- to become the leader in regional wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship; Guest Experience- to create a high value destination for family fun and learning; Financial Strength- to ensure long-term stability through sound business practices; and Performance Excellence- to establish an organizational culture of caring, collaboration, and engagement. This is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future.
Zoo Miami is currently seeking an exceptional individual to lead our Animal Nutrition program. We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be approachable, engaging and passionate in leading and developing staff.
Summary: Responsibilities include working with the Animal Science management and Zoo Veterinarians in monitoring the health of the animal collection with respect to nutritional status and diet consumption. Responsible for assessment of the diet and nutritional needs of the animal collection, body condition scoring, nutrition screening panels, diet formulation, quality control, monitoring diet consumption and implementation.
Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for developing, managing and implementing the nutrition program for the zoo collection including maintaining the department procedures manual, monitoring diet consumption, diet formulation, and implementation; annual review of the dietary husbandry protocols (including dietary behavioral enrichment items) to ensure nutritional adequacy of diets in regards to maintenance of health, breeding soundness, environmental enrichment and training.
Responsible for approving all consumable items and diet changes; responsible for the distribution of diets, monitors current and future availability of dietary items; responsible for quality control testing for hay, fish, insect, meat (including whole prey items), grain, canned goods and produce.
Assists horticulturalists with the management and continued development of the browse program and surveillance of the grounds and enclosures for toxic plants.
Initiates and collaborates with the zoo veterinarians on clinical investigations and research projects as it relates to animal health and nutrition; responsible for advising the Senior Veterinarian on nutrition issues that require further investigation; will serve as point person on all nutrition research projects.
Feeds animals in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements as specified by curatorial and nutritional staff; administers medications; participates in capturing, crating and transporting animals; participates in approved scientific research and educational projects.
Responsible for maintaining accurate records and preparing reports as it relates to animal nutrition; responsible for conducting all commissary operations in a manner that meets or exceed AZA and USDA requirements; remains current with pertinent regulations and standards (federal, state, industry, etc) that may affect zoo programs, and provides recommendations for complying with relevant regulations.
Trains, coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; provides ongoing, on the job training for Nutrition staff by providing written and oral constructive criticism and positive feedback to encourage professional development.
Works in collaboration with management staff to develop and implement training and coaching strategies that improve communication among internal staff.
Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; evaluates and rates employee performance.
The successful candidate will have the ability to manage multiple and complex responsibilities at the same time; be timely and reliable in attendance and performance; and have the ability to work well with all levels of staff, volunteers, vendors and guests.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree. Two years of experience working with nutritional issues for captive wildlife is required. Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in animal nutrition and supervisory experience is highly preferred.
This is a full time salaried position with a salary range from $51,260.82 to $86,237.58 with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade County.
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, Front Royal, VA, USA
With only 17 out of the more than 200 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos in the United States employing full time nutritionists, there exists a critical shortage of zoo-based nutrition expertise. Similar institutions outside the US face the same challenges. Long-term sustainability of an animal collection and the successful reproduction of breeding animals rely heavily on proper nutrition, yet this can be a serious challenge. Many of these institutions care for hundreds or thousands of species, all with specific dietary needs that may even vary across seasons and reproductive conditions.
This course is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience within one of the oldest zoo nutrition programs in the US. Because of the complexities and extensive experiential learning involved in the profession, this course is not designed to create a zoo nutritionist in 5 days. But participants will become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition, as well as some of the nuances of managing a commissary (food procurement and preparation) operation to support a zoo. This course will be taught by the Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP), Mike Maslanka. He will be joined by members of his NZP staff as well as other zoo nutritionists from AZA facilities. These instructors represent some of the most experienced zoo nutritionists, commissary managers, and researchers in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition.
By the conclusion of the course, participants are expected to have knowledge of: commissary design and operations (centralized and de-centralized operation), nutrient and energy metabolism of zoo and wild animals, practical principles of feeding a wide variety of animals across all taxa, practical diet formulation and evaluation, and basic commissary management.
This course is open to graduate students as well as professionals, and will be most relevant for nutrition/animal science graduate students, zoo keepers and curators, commissary managers, nutritionists and veterinarians with some previous background/experience in nutrition. The course will be based at the NZP’s satellite facility in Front Royal, Virginia where 21 species of endangered and threatened mammal and bird species are managed in a unique captive setting. At least one trip to NZP in Washington DC is included, with behind-the-scenes tours of at least the commissary operation, elephants and big cats.
Visit our websiteat http://SMconservation.gmu.edu for more course details and for instructions on how to apply. All courses area held in a new sustainably built Academic Quad, including new classrooms, dining commons and residential facility. Send us an email at SCBItraining@si.edu with any questions you might have or check out our FAQs.
It all began with a ROAR almost 100 years ago!
San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving
endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class
facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo
Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization’s vision – we will lead the fight
Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the
San Diego Zoo Safari Park/San Diego Zoo. Join the dedicated crew who are
passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our
guests. Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to provide GRRREAT Customer
Service and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global!
Are you ready to start your adventure
and put your Passion for Wildlife to Work?
Destination – Nutritional Services – San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego
Duration of your adventure – Year Round – Exempt
Seats (positions) available – 1
Attire while on adventure- The Society has a very conservative grooming policy.
Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry
may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard.
No facial or tongue piercing.
Amenities – Safari Park – Located 30 minutes north of the San Diego Zoo in San
Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California and the San Diego Zoo – Located in Balboa
Park near downtown San Diego, California – this adventure offers ZOO Perks which
include discounts on food/premium products, free and discounted admission to local
attractions, and accrual of vacation and sick time (exception for some grants and
This position offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental,
prescription drugs, vision, life insurance, annual leave, sick leave, retirement, as well
as other optional insurance.
Requirements for this adventure include:
(Exempt Position #260506) Rate – Salary is commensurate with experience
San Diego Zoo Global is seeking an Associate Nutritionist to join the Nutritional
Services team supporting an animal collection of 7,300+ specimens. This position will
focus on clinical nutrition and requires a M.S., Ph.D, DVM, or equivalent with
knowledge of animal nutrition, medical terminology and record keeping. Animal
husbandry, applied nutrition research or research laboratory operations experience is
needed. Knowledge of food handling, quality control, HACCP, and biosecurity is
desired. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work
effectively with others. This person will work closely with the Director of Nutritional
Services, Nutritional Services Team members, Veterinary Services, Animal Care
Managers/Supervisors, Keepers and Researchers. Proficiency with personal computerbased
word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, statistics and database systems is
essential. Demonstrated laboratory skills and zoo experience is desired.
Key duties include formulating, maintaining, and documenting individual animal diets;
sampling and evaluating diet items for quality control; assessing the nutritional health,
body condition, and husbandry of zoo animals; performing outreach including activities
in support of AZA Advisory Groups; performing investigative studies as required;
providing education and training of staff; and participating in fundraising. The
incumbent will report to the San Diego Zoo Global Director of Nutritional Services and
will work at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Must have a valid
California driver license.
All newly hired animal care staff and educators with responsibility for regularly caring
for collection animals are REQUIRED to complete and pass (4) on-line prerequisite
classes prior to reporting to their department. Human Resources will schedule this
training as part of the on-boarding program. For current employees transferring into
an animal care department, these classes MUST be completed and passed prior to the
transfer. Additionally, the incumbent will also complete the Introduction to Nutrition
Pre-requisite courses include:
? Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security
? Working Safely With Dangerous Animals
? Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)
? The Fundamentals of Animal Learning
? Introduction to Nutrition
**Passing grade for classes is 90%
One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global
vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize
SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull
Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving
an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the
position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain
a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a
Human Resources Representative.
Deadline to submit request of application for adventure:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2015
Applications must be submitted online at http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jobs by
9:30pm Pacific Standard Time
**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**
THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY
SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN
We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2015 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in
animal nutrition, please pass this information on to them. Applications will be accepted through March 6th.
This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs. It is a six month paid internship in Animal Nutrition and Research. Our interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm). 75% of the internship (3 days per week) is spent working in our animal food production operation. The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with our nutrition team, helping with any on-going research projects and data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!). Internships run from June to January and January to June. International students are now eligible to apply although would be responsible for securing their own student work visa if selected (I’m told they should be able to get an F1-OPT with the help of their school). For more information on the internship or how to apply, check our website at http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms
The department of Veterinary and Nutrition Services at the Indianapolis Zoo seeks qualified candidates for a full time Nutrition Center Area Manager. The Zoo’s nutrition program is responsible for formulating specific diets for animals in the Zoo’s collection, developing and implementing diagnostic procedures to ensure that diet formulations are achieving desired results, developing and implementing food safety programs, purchasing, storage, preparation and dispersal of animal food and conducting science-based research that addresses institutional priorities for a large and diverse collection of species utilized for public education, conservation, and display.
The Nutrition Center Area Manager reports to the Director of Nutrition Services and is responsible for operations management of the animal commissary including ordering, preparation and delivery of diets and supplies for all animal areas as required; supply item stocking and inventory, cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation and storage areas, and other related duties. This position supervises the nutrition center technician and volunteers.
The physical demands of the position include, but are not limited to exerting 50 pounds of force on a regular basis; kneeling, walking, crouching; frequently exposed to environmental conditions; will work in a freezer/cooler up to four hours a day; and possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens.
Two years previous experience performing food handling and warehouse activities in a zoo, aquarium or similar institution is desirable.
A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline is required.
Candidates must have the ability to perform the following tasks: Operate or learn to operate all Zoo vehicles fork lift and front end loader. Safely and efficiently operate all specialized food preparation and other equipment used to move and lift supplies including ovens, grinders, blenders, dishwashers, sharpeners, mixers, hand trucks, motorized pallets jacks and others. Exercise safe work habits in proximity of potentially dangerous animals and equipment. Record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor. Interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, our visitors, and the general public. Candidates must also have good observational skills, temperamentally suited to working with animals, competent computer skills and “intermediate” knowledge in Word, Excel, and Outlook programs.
The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.
Disney is currently accepting applications for their Spring 2015 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This internship is for people interested in a career in animal nutrition. Applications will be accepted through October 9th.
This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs. It is a six month paid internship in Animal Nutrition and Research. The interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm). 75% of the internship (or 3 days per week) is spent working in the animal food production operation. The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with the nutrition team, helping with any on-going research projects and data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!). Internships run from June to January and January to June. Students must be attending a college or university within the United States and must complete the internship within one year of graduation. For more information on the internship or how to apply, see the website at http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms
or email: email@example.com
The Zoo and Nutrition Wildlife Foundation in conjunction with The Nutrition Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) would like to announce the call for advance proposals for the Susan D. Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF).
In 2006, the Chicago Zoological Society in cooperation with the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group established the SCARF fund to acknowledge and honor the significant impact that Susan D. Crissey had on the field of zoo nutrition during her 15 years of service at Brookfield Zoo. The goal of the Fund is to support residencies in nutritional studies that will improve the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. Since its inception, there have been two residents that have completed the program, and this will be the third.
Requirements of the candidate include an advanced degree in nutrition and/or physiology from an accredited university and a professional commitment to becoming a zoo nutritionist. On site zoo experience is preferred.
Requirements for the institution awarded the residency include the ability to provide the basic features of a comprehensive nutrition program and the willingness to work with external institutions and organizations to fulfill the objectives outlined by the Nutrition Advisory Group. Guidelines for this program and the application/review process were developed by the Nutrition Advisory Group.
The advance proposals DO NOT require any financial investment by the institution at the time of proposal, but provide the NAG with an indication of interest and an application to evaluate. Each institution application will be evaluated, and the NAG will provide feedback to the top three host institutions who apply. The host institution can then leverage this initial evaluation and feedback to assemble the financial resources needed to support the residency (ultimately due, 31 Dec 2014). Applications may be submitted electronically or via standard U.S. mail: Barbara Henry, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45220.
We are currently accepting application for our summer/fall internship (June through January 2015) in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in animal nutrition, please pass this information on to them.
Applications will be accepted through February 28th.
Walt Disney World Animal Programs: Six month paid internship in Animal Nutrition and Research. Internships run from June to January and January to June. Must be attending a college or University within the United States. Must complete the internship within one year of graduation. For more information on the internship or how to apply, check our website at www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A paid summer fellowship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including both clinical and research aspects, is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition. The fellowship is available for 3 months between May through October. Typical activities for this fellowship may include, but are not limited to the following:
Documenting and recording diets and hand-rearing protocols.
Evaluating body condition of exotic animals.
Conducting intake and digestibility studies.
Assisting with pasture, browse, or feed collection, sample preparation, and analysis.
Observing feeding behavior.
Clinical nutrition rounds.
Formulating and analyzing diets as needed by San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park animals under the supervision of one of the nutritionists.
Candidates must be enrolled in or have a degree in animal science, biology, nutrition, wildlife science, or other related field and have completed an introductory animal nutrition class. The Fellow may obtain University credit for completed projects if agreed upon by the candidate and Director of Nutritional Services prior to the initiation of the internship.
The Exotic Animal Nutrition Fellowship can occur between May through October. Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s school schedule in arranging the starting and ending dates. A typical workweek is from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, but may include evenings and weekends depending on the research being conducted. The Fellowship will take place at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and will require the Fellow to be able to travel to both locations. The monthly stipend for the fellowship is $1840. The Fellow is responsible for their transportation, living arrangements, and expenses.
You must apply online. Please go to http://www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs/index.html. Submit your resume and cover letter online. The cover letter should include: dates of availability, interests, and a description of how this position applies to your career goals. Please mail/email copies of college transcript(s), unofficial are fine, and one letter of recommendation written by a faculty member to Dr. Schlegel. Deadline for receipt of application materials is February 28, 2014. If there are questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Dr. Michael Schlegel at email@example.com
Mail transcripts and letter of recommendation to:
Dr. Michael Schlegel, Director of Nutritional Services
Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund Proposal
Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation
The ZWNF Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund Grant
The Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) in conjunction with the Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) would like to announce a call for zoos interested in participating the in the Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF). This call extends to any AZA-accredited facility that has an experienced zoo nutritionist, appropriate funding, and a well-developed nutrition program with the ability to provide a robust 2 year training experience for a future zoo nutritionist.At the end of the experience, the resident is expected to be capable of securing a zoo nutritionist position at another AZA accredited facility and the residency will be aimed at that final outcome.
The inclusion of an animal nutrition professional on a zoo’s staff represents a commitment to the best animal welfare, increased operational efficiency, and appropriate management of the financial resources to feed the animal collection. This program couples cutting edge zoos with nutrition professionals and the next generation of zoo nutritionists.
As part of this program, the ZWNF and the NAG will: (1) assemble an evaluation/selection committee to select a host zoo / nutrition program manager from those applying for the funds (criteria detailed in the following section), (2) provide support for the resident’s salary ($28,000 annually for 2 years), and (3) participate in the development of a training syllabus for the mentee. If requested, the organizations can also participate with the host nutrition program manager, to select a qualified resident based on criteria mutually agreed upon by the professional organizations and the host zoo.
Criteria for the host zoo and nutrition program manager follow.
In 2006, the Chicago Zoological Society in cooperation with the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) established the SCARF fund to acknowledge and honor the significant impact that Sue Crissey had on the field of zoo nutrition during her 15 years of service at Brookfield Zoo. In 2012, the administration of the SCARF fund was transferred to the Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF). The goal of the Fund continues to be the support of residencies in nutritional studies that will improve the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. Since its inception, there have been two residents that have completed the program, and this will be the third.
1 – Solicitation for qualified INSTITUTIONS to host the residency.
2 – Selection of the qualified training institution by ZWNF/NAG.
3 – Solicitation for qualified resident applicants.
4 – Selection of the next zoo nutrition resident,
The process begins with the selection of a qualified institution and nutrition program manager capable of providing a well-rounded experience for a nutrition resident. The details of institution/program requirements are listed in the following/attached application materials.
Once an institution and nutrition program manager are selected, that manager utilizes established basic criteria (listed below) to select a qualified nutrition resident to train for the ensuing two year period.
Requirements of a qualified nutrition resident candidate include:
an advanced degree in nutrition and/or physiology from an accredited university,
a professional commitment to becoming a zoo nutritionist,
ability to function professionally in a typical zoo atmosphere
prior on site zoo experience is preferred
Guidelines for this program and the application/review process were developed the ZWNF and NAG. Application and background information can be obtained by emailing Mike Maslanka at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Henry at email@example.com. Each institution application will be evaluated by a panel of ZWNF and NAG leadership, and an award will be made based on the evaluation of that panel with feedback to the applicants. Applications may be submitted electronically or via standard U.S. mail by 2 June 2017 to: Barbara Henry, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45220.